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Equifax Data Breach

Kathie Gedde & Brenda Bartlett

September 11, 2017

You may have heard about a massive data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three main credit reporting agencies.  Approximately 143 million people may be impacted, and information stolen includes names, addresses, social security numbers and dates of birth.  In some cases, credit card numbers were stolen as well.

Equifax will not contact you if they suspect your data has been compromised, so you should go to the website they’ve set up, https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/, to check for yourself.  Once on that website, click “Potential Impact” at the top or bottom of the page, and you’ll be directed to a page where you can enter your last name and a portion of your social security number to check against their records.  You should also check for your children to determine if they’ve been affected.  The website also offers a Frequently Asked Questions area for more information.

Equifax is offering complementary enrollment in their TrustedID Premier program for those potentially affected by the breach.  You can sign up on the above website and benefits include copies of your Equifax credit report, monitoring with all three credit bureaus, a report lock on your Equifax credit report, social security number monitoring, and theft insurance.

Also in the news was a report that by signing up for TrustedID Premier, a consumer was waiving certain rights.  Equifax has removed the language in their Terms of Use to clarify that enrolling in this product as a result of this cybersecurity incident does not waive any rights to take legal action.

For further information, call Greg Hoard at SGA or visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

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